Three Illinois men charged in U.S. Capitol breach

image showing three Illinois suspects on Jan. 6
Federal prosecutors say this picture depicts Anthony Carollo, Jeremiah Carollo and Cody Vollan around the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. Photo credit U.S. Department of Justice

(WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Federal authorities have charged three more Illinois men for wrongly entering the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6, 2021 breach that interrupted the Electoral College vote count.

Unlike in many cases, where the feds say someone tipped them off to a person’s presence, a charging document made public Wednesday said the men were tracked down after authorities identified their mobile devices as being present.

Brothers Anthony Carollo, 23, and Jeremiah Carollo, 45, and their cousin, Cody Vollan, 31, are each charged with entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds, disorderly conduct in a Capitol building, and parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol building.

Anthony Carollo and Cody Vollan live in southwest suburban Lockport, while Jeremiah Carollo lives in Glen Carbon, near St. Louis, federal court records show.

The charges are misdemeanors. They bring the number of known Illinois residents charged in the breach to 23. Nationwide, more than 725 people have been arrested in what the feds have called the largest criminal investigation and prosecution in U.S. history.

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An eight-page statement of facts filed in U.S. District Court states that law enforcement “became aware” of the mobile devices based on information gathered through a search warrant served on Google. The FBI then checked to see whether the associated email addresses matched anyone lawfully within the Capitol the day of the breach. They did not.

The feds also say they were able to find people in video footage “who appear fully consistent” with the appearances of each man, based on their driver’s license photos.

Finally, in late October and early November, the feds say they interviewed all three men and a family member. The Carollos and Vollan admitted they were inside the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, according to the document. They also identified themselves in the images investigators had tracked down.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire & Chicago Sun-Times 2022. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)